Re: Its the airlines fault
Too risky. First, the recliner systems are mechanical: no electrics. Second, forcing a seat up can cause Bad Things to happen. Bad Things = Lawsuits since there will certainly be a law out there to counter any law you try to apply as a protection. Thus why I mentioned the ADA: that requires any business to accommodate recognized handicaps (and BTW, putting them in an exit row isn't an option since only physically-fit people can sit there in case of evacuations).